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Surreal Estate

$4.8 million for a Niagara-on-the-Lake mansion next to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

What small-town bunkie would be complete without seven bathrooms, 20-foot ceilings, a basement bar and a crystalline pool?


Location: Bevan Heights, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price: $4,888,000
Previously sold for: $1,315,000 in 2021
Size: 7,900 square feet
Bedrooms: 4+1
Bathrooms: 7
Real Estate Agent: Anna Phinney, Phinney Real Estate

The place

A recently renovated four-plus-one-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s tranquil Bevan Heights community. The three-storey standout comes with a pool in the back and an adjoining 800-square-foot garage. The one-acre property overlooks the Niagara Escarpment and is flanked by ancient oak, maple, spruce and walnut trees. The Bruce Trail also runs directly behind the property.

The history

The original bungalow that sat on this land was built in the 1950s. In 2021, the current owner—a local contractor—bought the property with the intention of building a stunner from scratch. With renos finally complete, they’re looking to sell and start a new creative project.

The tour

An aerial view of the property shows its lush surroundings. The nearby Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve, with hundreds of tree species that compose the oldest forest ecosystem in eastern North America.

Some of the oldest trees in North America sit just outside this property.

Here’s the façade, clad in energy-efficient panels. That garage on the right is fully insulated and heated.

Yes, the garage is heated.

The foyer has 20-foot ceilings and white oak flooring.

The main level is defined by its white oak.

Turn around to see this lounge space, heated by a three-sided natural gas fireplace.

Here's the open concept living area.

Just beyond the lounge is the dining area, in view of the neighbourhood.

The dining area, inview of the neighbourhood.

In the kitchen: a 13-foot quartz island, an oak ceiling accent, wall-to-wall storage and a built-in Fisher and Paykel fridge.

The quartz island is 13 feet long.

Then there’s the great room, defined by its 20-foot ceilings and view of the backyard and escarpment.

That back deck is 1,100 square feet.

A quick step outside reveals the 1,100-square-foot composite deck.

Don’t forget the moody powder room on the main floor.

A look at the moody powder room.

There’s also a 200-square-foot office on this level.

This office could be converted into another bedroom.

The main bedroom is 400 square feet.

The bedrooms comes with a classy wainscotting feature wall.

Its ensuite bathroom has in-floor heating, a soaker tub, a double vanity and a massive open shower.

There's in-floor heating in the ensuite.

This is one of the three secondary bedrooms.

This bedroom overlooks the exscarpment.

Here’s another ensuite bathroom, with a floating vanity and sharp tiling.

How about that double vanity?

And here, yet another ensuite bathroom, equipped with marble floors, a shower with a rainfall head and a soaker tub overlooking the dense forest.

Moving to the basement shows off the 500-square-foot recreation room, with a quartz bar.

The finished basement is made for parties.

Now the back of the home—decks, patios, manicured gardens and, of course, the pool.

The backyard is loaded with amenities.

Note the pool shed—and the unbeatable view of classic Canadian nature.

The pool, backdropped by the stunning forest.

The backyard gently rolls down into the escarpment.

This property's proximity to classic Canadian nature may be it's strongest selling point.